Child dies after ‘gas’ explosion destroys homes

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National Grid said it received a report of a smell of gas in the area at 10.40am yesterday morning prior to the devastating explosion which reduced three houses to rubble.

The company issued a statement saying: “This was shortly followed by another call to report that there had been an explosion.

“Engineers arrived on site to find that five properties – seven to 13 Buckley Street – had been badly damaged.

“So far, National Grid engineers have been unable to get into these properties to conduct an investigation but the gas mains in Buckley Street and Chancery Lane have been cut off for safety.